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2600 Alpine Meadows Rd
Tahoe City, CA 96145
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Overview by Peter Oliver

Of all the major resorts around Tahoe, Alpine is probably the last place you'd want to come to learn to ski. A handful of short, beginner runs are found at the base of the mountain, but that's about it. To enjoy the rest of the mountain, you'll need solid intermediate skills.

For experts and intermediates alike, the best terrain is the terrain you can't see from the base. The Sherwood and Lakeview chairs on the back side of the mountain provide access to a cluster of cruisers and open bowls. An exposure that maximizes sunshine can make skiing the back side like a day at the beach, but don't expect a long-running day at the beach. The vertical rise maxes out at 1,802 feet.

Not all of the skiing from the summit is expert stuff; a confident intermediate can certainly enjoy Alpine Bowl, particularly when snow conditions are favorable. But for the most part, the high terrain of Alpine is what I would consider classic Sierra skiing—steep, narrow chutes through rocks leading to open bowls and slots through the trees. When the snow is deep—as it often is at Alpine—you'll be amazed at the crazy lines that local hotshots consider skiable from Alpine's high ridgeline. In total the resort has one high-speed detachable six-passenger chair, two high-speed express quads, three triple and five double chairs, and three surface lifts (one is for Kids’ Camp participants only).

Where: Six miles northwest of Tahoe City, California, off Highway 89; 45 miles west of Reno, Nevada; 200 miles east of San Francisco.

What's There: In addition to the usual ski-school offerings, Alpine is home to Disabled Sports

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Average Snowfall
450 Inches
Skiable Acreage
Vertical Drop
1802 feet
25% beginner, 40% intermediate, 35% advanced
Number of Runs
Number of Lifts
Mid-November to late May
Related Resources
Closest Airport

Weather for Alpine Meadows

Current Conditions:
Light Snow, 20 F
Fri - AM Clouds/PM Sun. High: 26 Low: 8
Sat - Sunny. High: 27 Low: 8
Sun - Sunny. High: 34 Low: 14
Mon - PM Snow Showers. High: 40 Low: 20
Tue - Mostly Sunny. High: 43 Low: 26

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Last Updated: May 14 2014 03:01 PM

Traveler Reviews of Alpine Meadows

Lynn rates Alpine Meadows
Enjoyed it very much. Pros: Great for kids, It was very nice. Cons: Long lines.
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